IAAF Introduces New Eligibility Regulations For Female Classification

IAAF Introduces New Eligibility Regulations For Female Classification

IAAF has issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification for events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one mile races and combined events over the same distances (Restricted Events).

These new regulations, will come into effect from 1 November and replace the previous Regulations Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to compete in Women’s Competition, which no longer apply anywhere in the sport.

Under the new rules, any athlete who has a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) that means her levels of circulating testosterone are five (5) nmol/L or above and who is androgen-sensitive to meet the following criteria to be eligible to compete in Restricted Events in an International Competition (or set a World Record in a Restricted Event at competition that is not an International Competition):

- she must be recognised at law either as female or intersex (or equivalent);

- she must reduce her blood testosterone level to below five (5) nmol/L for a continuous period of at least 6 months; and

- thereafter she must maintain her blood testosterone level below five (5) nmol/L continuously for so long as she wishes to remain eligible.

Please click here to see IAAF’s press release.